April 21, 2017
"Give thanks to the Lord ... his mercy endures forever."
Today the word of God tells the story of how the early community of the Church exercised mercy. It likewise explains the full story of God's mercy in the institution of the Sacrament of Penance for the forgiveness of sins. Mercy is revealed as God's love in the face of our sins, our needs, our weaknesses. Our response to Divine Mercy is found in these words: "Jesus, I trust in you."
April 16, 2017
"He has been raised from the dead, and is going before you ...."
Christ's Resurrection is his victory over sin and death – a victory which he shares with us. Christ's Resurrection is also a challenge for us to embrace his forgiveness and to live in newness of life.
April 15, 2017
"He is risen; he is not here!"
The moment has come to proclaim: "Jesus Christ is risen from the dead! Alleluia! Alleluia!" The Church does more than this. By Baptism she transmits to us a share in Christ's Resurrection. The Resurrection of Jesus and his new life are the basis of our life as baptized Christians. As such, we are called to live and worship God worthily.
April 14, 2017
The Death of Jesus: A Wonderful Exchange
In taking on our humanity, Jesus receives the power to die. By his death he gives us the power to live forever with God.
April 13, 2017
Do this in memory of me.
The core of our celebration at the Mass of the Lord's Supper is the love of Jesus that inspired him to give us the Eucharist and the Priesthood. We are invited by him to imitate his love in humble service.
April 13, 2017
Gift and Ministry of the Priesthood
The Chrism Mass invites us to reflect on the gift and mystery of the priesthood and on our relationship with Jesus. It draws or attention to the importance of the blessed Oils and consecrated Chrism with which four sacraments are administered.
April 10, 2017
During Lent we have been accompanying Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem, where he undergoes death and will rise from the dead. Today, Palm Sunday, we have reached Jerusalem where Jesus accomplishes his mission and where we receive from him the pledge of victory over sin and death.
March 1, 2017
On Ash Wednesday we begin our Lenten journey that will take us to the Cross and Resurrection of Jesus. It is a period of God's deep action in our souls. In this Lenten journey we are called to be faithful to our baptismal commitment, which includes a special invitation to prayer and to works of mercy.
February 10, 2017
On this feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, the Church celebrates the World Day of the Sick. She proclaims the value of human life, the value of suffering together with Christ, and the value of all efforts made to alleviate human suffering. She expresses immense gratitude to all who in various ways assist the sick.
The following is a homily of then-Archbishop Justin Rigali in the Cathedral of Saint Louis, February 11, 1998.
December 11, 2016
Homily of Cardinal Justin Rigali for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 1998.
Homilía del Cardenal Justin Rigali per la Fiesta de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe 1998.
April 10, 2015
"In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazorean"
The apostle Peter not only heals, in the name of Jesus, the man crippled from birth, but he confirms to the people that it is by no power or piety of his own, but by the power of the name of Jesus that the healing takes place. And Jesus himself in today's Gospel tells the disciples on the road to Emmaus that it is in his name, the crucified and risen Christ, that repentance for the forgiveness of sins is to be preached. The Church responds: "O Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth!"
April 7, 2015
The Resurrection and its Fruits
The Church continues to proclaim the Resurrection of Jesus, who in the first hours of his new life bears testimony to his Father. As the principal witness to the Resurrection, the apostle Peter proclaims also its fruits, which are repentance, Baptism, the forgiveness of sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit. In our liturgy we acclaim The Risen Christ alive in our midst and we offer God praise and thanksgiving for Christ's victory over sin and death.
April 5, 2015
The meaning of the Resurrection is life. Jesus Christ is alive!
Today the Church proclaims a message of great joy. She repeats the proclamation of the angel to the women who came to the to the tomb of Jesus: "You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here." The Jesus who suffered, died and was buried is now alive. The word "life" summarizes his Resurrection. Our Easter reflection also draws our attention to the worth of all human life. In restoring life to Jesus, God the Father shows us the incomparable value of all human life. Our Easter challenge is to be alive in Christ and to serve life in all our brothers and sisters. We are at people of life and God asks us to protect, and serve every life, including that of the unborn, and to help one another reach eternal life in heaven.
April 4, 2015
The Resurrection of Jesus and his new life: the basis for our life as baptized Christians
This is the night of the Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and the Church proclaims that he who died on Calvary is now alive. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. The Easter proclamation is a message of victory and peace. Through the sacrament of baptism we share in Christ's Resurrection. The great challenge of Baptism is to live for God. The Eucharist gives us the power to do so. Today the Risen Jesus goes before us, calling us to manifest our faith that he is truly risen and forever alive.
April 3, 2015
Our greatest boast is the Cross!
On the Cross we find the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. The Lamb was pierced for our offenses and upon him was laid the guilt of us all. The death of Christ on the Cross becomes the cause of life and immortality for us all. As we see Christ die, we proclaim his victory and entrust ourselves to his mercy. The Cross is truly the throne of grace; it is the source of mercy. Looking up to the one hanging on it, we pray: "Jesus, I trust in you."
April 3, 2015
The Saving Passion
In Lent we have journeyed with Jesus and have now reached Jerusalem. Every aspect of his Passion is explained by Jesus' love for his Father and for us. He suffered and died to destroy our death and restore our life. In the Passion of Jesus we find the salvation of our souls.
April 3, 2015
Mary and the mystery of the Passion
In the alternate collect today, the Church gives us the opportunity to contemplate the Passion of Christ with our Blessed Mother and to reflect on how much she belongs to the mystery of Lent. Jesus gave his life out of love to redeem all the children of Adam. Mary is a daughter of Adam and therefore needed redemption. For all the rest of us, redemption meant liberating us from sin. For our Blessed Mother it meant preserving her from sin. With immense love Jesus died to redeem both Mary and all of us. Having received redemption through the merits of Christ her Son being applied to her in anticipation at the moment of her Immaculate Conception, Mary now helps the rest of us in our struggle to overcome the power of the evil one. We praise Jesus for what his redemption means for his Mother and for us.
March 24, 2015
Identity of Jesus
The gospel about Lazarus is all about the identity of Jesus. His love for Lazarus, Mary and Martha shows the depth of Jesus' humanity. Jesus' divinity shines forth through the words of Jesus: "I am the resurrection and the life." Before raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus invokes his Father and thus testifies to his oneness with him in the unity of the Blessed Trinity.
March 24, 2015
By your holy Cross you have redeemed the world!
In our Lenten journey the Church is constantly drawing our attention to the redeeming power of Christ's Blood. In his suffering and death on the Cross, Jesus becomes the source of salvation for all who believe in him. In the Gospel Jesus himself tells us that lifted up from the earth, he will draw everyone to himself. This is truly the meaning of redemption, which we acknowledge, saying: "We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.
March 23, 2015
On Laetare Sunday, the Church as the new Jerusalem is called to rejoice. We are at the midpoint of our Lenten journey toward the full celebration of the Paschal Mystery. Another reason for special joy is that the word of God presents to us today such a beautiful description of God's mercy, which Pope Francis has just announced will be the subject of an Extraordinary Jubilee. Because God is rich in mercy – which is his love as it confronts all our weaknesses, our needs, our sins – we are indeed confident and empowered to rejoice.